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Beyond the verdant hills of Chail, a quiet hamlet in Himachal Pradesh, never-ending treks lead through sun-dappled backwoods that unexpectedly open up to clear blue skies. 


Chail is a quiet and rather dull hamlet neatly tucked away in the mighty hills of Himachal Pradesh. It is luxuriously spread over an area that spans 72 acres on three adjoining hills—the Rajgarh Hill, the Pandava Hill and the Siddh Tibba. The chief tourist attraction is the imperial Chail Palace. Built by the Maharaja of Patiala state, Sardar Bhupinder Singh, during the British Raj, the palace is grand and extravagant. Apart from the stunning magnificence of Chail itself, one also gets a dramatic view of Shimla and Kasauli in the glistening moonlight. Chail also brags of housing the highest cricket pitch and polo ground not just in the country but in the world. Built in 1893, it stands at a whopping 2,444 m. One can breathe in lungfuls of fresh, pristine and clean Himalayan air accentuated by the scent of chir pine and gigantic deodars.

What was once famed for being home to the highest cricket pitch in the world and the luxurious Chail Palace with its grand architecture is now mainly an off-the-beaten-track hill station that is eternally shrouded in a blanket of mist and clouds. Laden with stone-fruit trees and quaint and pleasing walking routes, it is a must visit if solitude and calm is what your gadabout self craves for.

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